What is provided?

Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020, an immersive 4.5 days of in-person professional development in Computer Science and Making at the University of Indiana-Bloomington from July 19-24, 2020. *UPDATE: Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 will now be VIRTUAL!* The CSAwesome team is proud to announce that we will be one of many curriculum providers participating in this event! Apply here.

Teachers attending the CSAwesome Pathfinders professional development immersion experience will:

  • learn to use the CSAwesome curriculum to teach College Board's AP Computer Science A (Java) course
  • be part of a professional learning community, supported by a master teacher experienced with CSAwesome
  • receive academic year support from a master teacher and through an online discussion forum
  • have access to the CSAwesome student curriculum and teacher materials (e.g. discussion forum, lesson plans, & teacher guides)
  • receive travel support to Bloomington, IN.

The professional development is 40-60 hours total: 4.5 days (~36 hours) will be on site ~35 hours will be completed online over the week of July 20-24 (~7 hours per day) with the remaining hours completed as online pre-work. Those new to Java will also be assigned 20 hours of pre-work in Java specific PD before attending the in-person virtual PD week. Follow up support during the 2020-21 academic year is also included, led by the PD facilitator.

How much does it cost?

The CSAwesome Pathfinders course costs $1,998 $1,015 per teacher. A limited number of scholarships are available for teachers who are new to CSA and participate in our research project. Any public high school teacher can also use DonorsChoose.org to raise funds. Pathfinders fees cover course tuition, lodging, conference meal plans, and transportation, if applicable. Learn more at InfyPathfinders.org.

Eligibility & Application

Preference will be given to teachers who...

  • are public high school teachers, teaching in grades 9-12
  • are planning to teach the CS A course in the 2020-21 academic year (Required for scholarships)
  • are able to provide research data (Required for scholarships)
  • are new to CS A and Java programming (Required for scholarships)
  • Note: we will ask that you submit a signed principal's approval form verifying you are planning to teach the course and submit research data

Prerequisites for teachers: Teachers will need to bring their own laptop and should have some programming experience, such as training in AP CSP.

Apply Now! Applications for Pathfinders Summer Institute are now open. All public high school teachers are invited to apply. Special consideration will be given to high-needs schools, teachers from underrepresented communities, those new to teaching CS, and districts demonstrating significant commitment to these subjects.

Select "CS Awesome Pathfinders" as your course selection on the application

You'll also need to upload a completed Administrator Letter of Support

Click the link above to download the draft copy, edit the text, and save as a text file with your school's letterhead to upload during the application process.

Applications are due by May 15, 2020.

Questions? Please contact us at info@csawesome.org